There's nothing harder than being yourself in this small world of ours.

11/16/2003

i had an interesting week. i'm still loaded with work from school - im headed there today to work on some assignments. im actually falling behind a little, which sucks.

my typing is more off than usual due to cutting myself with my x-acto knife (one of the big ones used for mounting). which is really surreal, but at the same time very actual because my finger looks horrible. one minute i was cutting a board, the next minute i'm chopping off fingertips. im lucky it was with a sharp blade and it was a clean cut, because the only pain i felt was when the doctor was freezing my hand (which had to be the most horrible feeling ever... all fleshy and pokey) and the final stitch, but that doesnt last very long. the freezing was "patchy" so the point of the 3rd stitch wasnt well frozen. but i survived. big baby.

my copy of sim city 4 arrived today. as well did a book "design issues". i read the prologue and it seemed quite interesting, a collection of design articles from the same magazine column. edited by DK Holland.

right now im listening to "in your eyes" by kylie minogue. good song chap.

i went on a shopping spree on thursday. another $500 down the drain. ah well. enjoy it while you can.


ouch. finger.


i better play some more sim city. then have a shower and go to the school. ya.

11/06/2003

well. i went out last night and made a total fool out of myself im sure. drunk at the pizza place after drinking at least 2 snooners (basically a small pitcher of beer) and then after we got out i just puked up the remainders of my pizza (not too much, but gross none the less)

i feel slightly hungover today, but nothing that wont stop me from destroying the universe and recreating it to my fittings. what fun that would be.

i need inspiration. i need openness. i need a god damn rush of thought which just isnt coming at all.

oh, i saw the matrix 3 last night also - good movie. we went to a really late show so i kept fallign asleep, i'll have to see it again to get everything that happened, although it wasnt as meaningful as the first and second, more of a wrap-up really.

well i really dont feel like writing anymore because nothing is coming to my head and i'm slowly being re-drained of all my thought and process.

goodbye.

11/04/2003

fuck commitees (i believe in lunatics)

it's about the struggle between individuals with jagged passion in their work and today's faceless corporate commitees, which claim to understand the needs of the mass audience, and are removing the idiosyncrasies, polishing the jags, creating a thought-free, passion-free, cultural mush that will not be hated nor loved by anyone. By now, virtually all media, architecture, product and graphic design have been freed from ideas, indiviual passion, and have been relegated to a role of corporate sevitude, carrying out corporate strategies and increasing stock prices. Creative people are now working for the bottom line.

Magazine editors have lost their editorial independence and work for commitees of publishers (who work for commitees of advertisers). TV scripts are vetted by producers, advertisers, lawyers, research specialists, layers and layers of paid executives who determine whether the scripts are dumb enough to amuse what they call "the lowest common denominator." Film studios put films in front of focus groups to determine whether and ending will please target audiences. All cars look the same. Architectural decisions are made by accountants. Ads are stupid. Theater is dead.

Corporations have become the sole arbiters of cultural ideas and taste in America.

Our culture is corporate culture.
Culture used to be the opposite of commerce, not a fast track to "content"-derived riches. Not so long ago captains of inductry (no angels in the way they acquired wealth) thought that part of their responsibility was to use their millions to support culture. Carnegie built libraries, Rockefeller build art museums, fore created his global foundation. What do we now get from out billionaires? Gates? Or Eisner? Or Redstone? Sales pitches. Junk Mail. Meanwhile, creative people have their work reduced to "content" or "intellectual property." Magazines and films become "delivery systems" for product messages.

But to be fair, the above is only 99 percent true.
I offer a modest solution: find the cracks in the wall. There are very few lunatic entrepreneurs who will understand that culture and design are not about fatter wallets, but about creating a future. They will understand that wealth is a means, not an end. Under other circumstances they may have turned out to be like you, creative lunatics. Believe me, they're there, and when you find them, treat them well and use their money to change the world.

-Tibor Kalman
"Tibor Kalman, Perverse Optimist"

today was interesting. the day atsrted off bad (due to some social anxiety) and then i got right to work and as soon as i did that, all my worries went away.
tomorrow i expect will be the same thing.

11/01/2003

hey there - i just watched the two towers for the bizillionth time. i love that movie. my favourite part is where gandalf pulls back his gray cape and shows sarumon that he's really a white wizard. oh gandalf, i love you.

i got a D+ on my advertising assignment. i haven't got a D+ in about a yar, so it was strange. i kind of freaked out. but really, the mark wasnt all my fault, it was a group assignment, and my partner's half sucked. (LIKE TERRIBLY)

things are really starting to heat up at school - so much work and so little time.
it's november 1st. where has the year gone? what do i have to show? a whole bunch. it's been one of my favourite years, ever. i love my life.